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Tribute to Rosemary Iddenden

Colleagues in the voluntary sector were saddened to hear about the recent death of Rosemary Iddenden who, for many years, made a significant contribution to work to improve health and social care services. 

With long-standing experience providing services for people living with with dementia, Rosemary was also a founder member of the Health and Social Care Forum where she campaigned for an improved system for hearing and responding to the voices and experience of patients – particularly those with complex conditions. As Chair of the Hastings and Rother Disability Forum she supported the development of an organisation which sought to improve access to the physical environment, essential services and events. 

Director of HVA Steve Manwaring who worked with Rosemary for many years said:

“Rosemary was a determined and skilled campaigner who worked tirelessly to improve local services. Colleagues in the Voluntary and Community sector will remember her as a caring and thoughtful person who really understood what could be achieved at a community level by local groups. Our thoughts are with her family friends and colleagues at this time”

Friends are welcome to attend a celebration of Rosemary's life at Hastings Crematorium on Friday 26th April at 11.15am. This will be followed by refreshments at Fairlight Lodge. Family flowers only, donations to St Michael's Hospice.

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